Should a Christian vote for Mitt Romney?

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Foxnews has a list of 21 questions and answers with a Mormon expert. The answers are clearly a cleverly crafted and calculated response in each case, offering ambiguous information and little detail. In fact, several questions received the exact same, word-for-word identical response. It is obvious that Mormons do not invite scrutiny, to put it mildly.

I’ve made no secret of my unease with Mitt Romney. Not that he’s a bad candidate, or would even make a bad president. I generally favor his policies. But if Romney is a Christian as he claims, he must be held to the standard of Scripture. In 1 Corinthians 5, then, the criteria for church discipline is that someone “bears the name of brother,” but their lives and doctrine (I Tim 4:6) are contrary to the gospel.

Here’s a direct quote from 1 Corinthians 5:

9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

If someone is an atheist, so be it. They don’t call themselves Christians. They are, in fact, “outsiders,” whom we have no right to judge. But, as the text says, “is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?”

Here’s what I make of this: a person who claims to be a Christian claims to represent our Lord. They claim to be, in the words of Paul “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor 5:20). What is at stake is not one’s personal habits or lifestyle choices in this situation. The issue is the glory of God’s name. The issue is that this person bears the name of “brother.” If Romney were atheist, I would have an easier time with him as a candidate, because he would not, in that case, claim to represent Christ.

For Mitt Romney to stand on a podium and proclaim that the Mormon faith is Orthodox Christianity is ludicrous.

Mormons proclaim a false gospel based upon that mother of all lies, moralism. Peek behind the curtain of every world religion and you’ll find the rotting corpse of man-centered religion that offers hope only on the basis of human performance. Mormonism is no different. Only Biblical Judaism and its fulfillment, Christianity, reveal the gospel of a God who loves his children on the basis of his own merit and only demands compliance from an already-redeemed people.

I still haven’t decided if I could ever vote for Romney. I hope I won’t have to. Clinton is a Methodist, GWB is also. Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are Southern Baptists. Regardless of what one thinks of these people personally, the religious faith that they claim is not heretical.

A Romney presidency would legitimize a very motivated, evangelistic, and diabolical cult. And they wear funny underwear.

3 replies
  1. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    I hate to break it to you but mormonism has already been legitimized. Look at the fact that it’s the fourth largest religion in America. Beyond that, Romney is a good man and a great leader. I get quite tired of hearing people calling him an empty suit etc. He would make a fabulous president, and if he doesn’t get the nomination it will be a sad reflection of American’s inability to see through all the BS – it will also be a sad reflection of the media and all the subtle ways it manipulates information to influence the masses.

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  2. everythingisbackwards
    everythingisbackwards says:

    Jennifer: thanks for commenting, but your comments are inconsistent. If Mormonism has been legitimized already, then why do so many Americans not see it that way? Legitimization, as I am using that word, refers to the perception of the public. Mormonism can’t be legitimized conceptually, because it is heretical. Also, I never said he was an empty suit. Quite the contrary, he would make a fine president. I’m sure he’s a very decent, moral man. But a Mormon presidency does add credibility to a heretical religion.

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  3. Ryan K.
    Ryan K. says:

    I listened to Romney’s speech when it happened, and I wouldn’t necessarily say that he was saying he was a Christian, atleast not that he believed in the same Jesus. As a bishop in the LDS church he clearly knows that LD Saints and “gentiles” believe in a different Jesus. His mistake was saying that he believes that Jesus is the Son of God. By doing that it appears that he’s trying to trick people into thinking that he believes in the same Jesus when he clearly doesn’t. All of that to say, I don’t think he would call himself a “Christian” based on what we know as Christian, so I have a hard time seeing how one can judge him as one who claims to be a Christian rather than a non-Christian who has deceptive doctrine.
    Peace.

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